Rhyne Williams rallied from a break down in the third set to beat Adrian Menendez-Macieras 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 in the opening round Tuesday of the Garden Open in Rome, Italy.
Williams, who won two matches to qualify for the main draw, now faces fellow qualifier Walter Trusendi in the Challenger second round. A win by Williams would give him 15 ATP tour points and propel him into the top 300.
This week's tournament marks Williams' first in a tour through Italy and Spain. He is playing with former Texas A&M standout Austin Krajicek.
In Florida: John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers continued their winning ways in Florida, opening the Orange Park Futures with a 6-2, 6-2 win over wild cards Jonathan Ho and Morgan Mays.
Smith, who won both titles last week at Vero Beach, plays Ho in singles Wednesday. Tennys Sandgren takes on Ty Trombetta.